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Friday, February 24,2012

Vet's perspective

Nutritional requirements for your cowherd

by WLJ
Are your cattle prepared for the spring calving season? With all of the efforts that are put forth during basic cattle management, it can be easy to forget the small stuff. One of the “small” but very important aspects of nutrition involves adequate mineral intake.

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Friday, February 17,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) said their primary issue this year was going to be a strong attempt to eliminate estate taxes. Last week, President Obama revealed his budget proposal of $3.8 trillion for next year. Unfortunately, many of his tax and spending CROW.

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Friday, February 10,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Since the middle of December, feeder cattle prices have shot straight up. Last week, August feeders were trading over $160. Can we really believe they could go much higher while fed cattle are languishing at $125? This market is simply amazing. Last week, National Cattlemen’s Beef CROW.

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Friday, February 10,2012

LEGALLY speaking

by WLJ
There are do’s and don’t’s which farmers, ranchers and horse owners should be aware of in complying with IRS Regulations. The IRS is not looking for any higher standard of recordkeeping than expected of ordinary small businesses.

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Friday, February 10,2012

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
In other words, large, medium and small types tend to have the same working parts and, for all practical considerations, in the same proportion as all members of the herd. That being said, the obvious constraints of larger or smaller cattle rest more with the management of the producer’s system than the actual size of the cattle.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Vet's perspective

by WLJ
Signs of illness may appear vague at first, but most often include: anorexia, rapid weight loss and bloody diarrhea. Severe cases may have very watery diarrhea with strands of sloughed intestinal mucosa. Animals quickly become emaciated, dehydrated and very weak.

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Friday, February 3,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week’s annual cattle inventory report showed that cattle numbers were much lower than expected, down 2.1 percent from last year. The drought in the southwest can perhaps take sole responsibility for most of the decline, with Texas eliminating 660,000 cows and CROW.

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Friday, January 27,2012

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
Cattle prices are at record high levels and will push even higher in 2012 and beyond. Retail beef prices are increasing and will push higher but it is uncertain how much and how fast.

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Friday, January 27,2012

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
However, one thing about models is that, as new data comes in, the model simply repredicts. If the projections based on various assumptions do not hold true, then the assumptions can be changed and new projections created. This process really has no end and actually creates a lot of news and information that, in turn, drives managerial decisions.

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Friday, January 27,2012

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It looks like cattle markets are going to start the winter spring rally, at least that’s what many market watchers are assuming. Feeder cattle just seem to get higher and higher and fed cattle are starting to rally a bit after the Christmas slump.

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